Officials find body of Wesley Livingston

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UPDATE (March 25th, 2015):

Officials have confirmed the body of Wesley Livingston was found late Tuesday evening in southern Arkansas in a wooded area about five miles from the work site he went missing from.

According to NBC affilaite KARK 4News, officials with the Clark County Sheriff's Office have said they do not suspect foul play at this time. Livingston's body has been sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE (March 23rd, 2015):

If you speak to anyone in southern Arkansas, they have probably seen a flyer of Wesley Livingston, according to his mother Mary.

“The whole community has been unbelievable with getting the word out,” Mary Livingston told Dateline. “Now the issue is -- my son is not here. Where could he have gone, when everyone is looking and can’t find him?”

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Wesley, 24, disappeared on March 10th from a work site at Georgia Pacific outside of Hope, Arkansas. While on the site, Wesley told his brother, Joseph, that he had a headache and was going to take some medicine. He never returned. Family members said he had been suffering from disorienting headaches for several months, and they now believe he is out there and in trouble.

“He’s probably out there, disoriented and needing help. He is the nicest boy, would talk to anyone. But he needs help right now, because he may not know what is going on,” Mary told Dateline.

Wesley had been working as a welder for his father’s company for several months. Mary said Wesley and his brother Joseph would travel often for work, sometimes being gone for a week or more at a time. However, the days when she didn’t get calls were few and far between.

“They’d call every night, during the day, we’d always hear from them which makes this all the more frightening. Wesley not calling me for this long means something is wrong.”

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with several law enforcement agencies on the case. “We have no evidence to suspect foul play, but we have no reason to suspect that he was running from anything,” Sheriff Jason Watson said. “Our main concern is just getting him home safely.”

Sheriff Watson said police have investigated several reported sightings of Wesley, but none has been officially confirmed. “We have been tracking down every tip or sighting that has come in, but none have led us to Wesley.”

Both Mary and her husband Terry have relocated to Hope to help search for their son. “Although we are three hours from our hometown, everyone even up here has been so supportive. People visit us at our motel, hand out flyers, everything,” Mary said. “I need to be up here for my son, to get him home safely to us.”

Wesley Livingston is described as 5’8”, 175lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes and a muscular build.

Officials ask that anyone who sees Wesley keep him in sight and immediately call their local law enforcement agency or the Clark County Sheriff’s Office at (870) 246-2222. Sheriff Watson said, if possible, snapping a photo of him with a cell phone would help quickly identify if the person is Wesley or not.

The Livingston family has also set up the Facebook page ‘Bring Wesley Livingston home’ to update the case and share Wesley’s photo across social media.